At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
The neon lights, wooden tabletops, and televisions of Quackers Sports Bar and Grill create a fond and familiar scene for many West Eugene locals. The bar has been a popular neighborhood joint for nearly a decade, drawing crowds with pints of cold beer, hearty sandwiches, and daily specials. Bartenders bustle beneath towering shelves of fine spirits, stirring up mixed drinks and passing out plates of chicken wings from the kitchen. Meanwhile, guests compete in games of billiards or linger over drinks on the outdoor patio. Bar-goers can croon out their favorite song or car-insurance jingle during karaoke every Wednesday, while ladies strut their best dance moves and fist-pumps on Saturday night, when a DJ spins tracks just for them.
For a quarter of a century, the staff of Judy's Catering has provisioned weddings, banquets, birthdays, and picnics with homecooked staples of American cuisine. The entrees run the gamut from elegant dinners of stuffed salmon and beef burgundy to simple, satisfying box lunches of pastrami-on-rye. Wedding guests can avoid obligatory small-talk by stuffing their mouths with specially-arranged vegetarian, low-carb, and diabetic menu options, while small plates of smoked salmon, mini-quiche, and cheese platters whet appetites for an onslaught of entrees.
Craig and Stephanie, the husband-and-wife team behind Eugene Photo Booth, outfit parties with up-to-date photo booths that enable guests to upload their images immediately to social-media sites. Beyond that basic perk, which is included with all booth rentals, packages are highly customizable, with features such as scrapbooks, thumb drives, and prop boxes available if desired. Photo strips print out on archival-quality paper in fewer than eight seconds, and they can be branded with customized logos and names.
The Lane County Fair, first run in 1859, fills the August air with live music, enticing aromas, and the twinkling lights of carnival rides. Gain inspiration for future shower concertos with performances by Tommy Tutone, Nashville's Eric Church, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, formed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section of Creedence Clearwater Revival, all of whom headline the lengthy list of mainstage performers. Biwheeled vehicles reach new heights in the Boost Mobile Freestyle Motocross Tour, and the eight All-Alaskan Racing Pigs trot merrily around their sawdust-covered track as bystanders watch. The fair's many carnival rides, including the new ground-dwarfing Vertigo, a brightly-colored adrenaline enhancer that cradles heights seekers in swings and whisks them up 100 feet high for a towering view of the lights below, attract revelers and seatbelt fanatics alike ($0.50/ticket, rides take multiple tickets). Local farmers and craftspeople await the bestowment of ribbons as they display their skill and handiwork in numerous exhibitions.
Downtown Athletic Club has towered over downtown Eugene since 1985, its three historic buildings housing more than 100,000 square feet of fitness amenities and community services. Corridors open into stretches of sports courts—including basketball, handball, and racquetball—and forests of cardio and strength-training equipment. In private studios, certified instructors lead a variety of fitness classes, such as yoga, martial arts, and personal training. Meanwhile, in an onsite lap pool, coaches oversee swim lessons and aquatic aerobics, and host adult swim teams.
In addition to fitness services, the center strives to create a communal relationship among its members with its abundance of social services. Childcare professionals conduct an interactive and educational state-certified preschool, along with a wide range of themed summer camps. Throughout the week, the center holds special events for its adult members, from book clubs to wine and beer tasting at its onsite, rooftop restaurant The Ax Billy Grill. Every Saturday night, the grill invites guests to carouse to live music while sampling selections from its menu of wine, beer, and American grill-style fare. For high-brow affairs, the center's expansive banquet facilities open up for weddings, private parties, and members-only games of freeze tag.